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LIST | Endorsements for the candidates vying to represent Ohio's 11th Congressional District

Shontel Brown and Nina Turner have both compiled an impressive list of backers as the countdown to the special primary on August 3 continues.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video aired on March 19, 2021

As the list of candidates seeking the available U.S. House seat representing Ohio's 11th Congressional District grows, so grows the importance of endorsements from politicians and organizations.

With the special primary election set for August 3, 2021, candidates will be looking to secure the backing of key officeholders as well as from labor unions, faith leaders, and other individuals and organizations. The special election will then take place on November 2.

Below is our running list of key endorsements for several of the candidates bidding to replace Marcia Fudge in Congress.

Democratic Candidates

Nina Turner


  • Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Congressional Progressive Caucus chair
  • Rep. Andy Levin
  • State Sen. Kenny Yuko, Ohio Senate Democratic Leader
  • State Sen. Sandra Williams, Ohio Senate Democratic Whip
  • State Rep. Michael Skindell
  • Cleveland City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland
  • Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin
  • Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack
  • Cleveland City Councilman Brian Mooney
  • Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosley Samples
  • Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
  • Former Dayton, Ohio Mayor Rhine Mclin
  • Former Ohio Senate Minority Leader C.J. Prentiss 
  • Former State Representative Nick Celebrezze 
  • Former Akron Councilmember Michael Williams  
  • Eloise Hardin, Oakwood Village Councilwoman
  • Kerry McCormack, Ward 3 Cleveland City Councilman
  • Bill Dunman, Newburgh Heights Councilman


  • MoveOn
  • The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Democracy for America
  • Justice Democrats
  • Our Revolution
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus
  • SEIU Local 1

Other notables

  • Danny Glover
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Andrew Yang
  • Marianne Williamson

You can see the entire list here

Shontel Brown


  • Rep. Joyce Beatty
  • Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish
  • Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan
  • Maple Heights Mayor Annette Blackwell
  • Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers
  • Woodmere Mayor Ben Holbert
  • State Rep. Kent Smith
  • State Rep. Terrance Upchurch
  • Cuyahoga County Council President Pernel Jones
  • Cuyahoga County Council Member Sunny Simon
  • Cuyahoga County Council Member Scott Tuma
  • Cleveland City Councilman Joseph Jones
  • Cleveland City Councilman Basheer Jones
  • Cleveland City Councilman Anthony Hairston


  • United Auto Workers-Region 2B
  • The Black Contractors Group, Inc
  • Bricklayers Local Union No. 5
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • The Ohio State Association of Plumbers & Pipe Fitters

You can see the entire list here

Bryan Flannery


  • Democrats For Life of America

Republican Candidates

Laverne Gore


  • Ohio Republican Party
  • Republican Party of Cuyahoga County
  • The CLE Project
  • We The People Convention
  • Ohio Diversity Coalition
  • Eastside GOP

You can see the entire list here

Editor's Note: The below video aired on March 30, 2021

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